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Know the Faith is a free e-book that presents Orthodox Christianity in a way Western Christians can understand, grounding each point in Scripture and patristic theology, with comparisons to what Catholics and Protestants believe. Whether you are an Orthodox Christian seeking to explain your faith to others or an inquirer into this ancient faith, Know the Faith will help you understand and communicate the Orthodox faith as never before.

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About this site

A reliable introduction to Orthodox Christian life.

This site is an offering of Ancient Faith Ministries, designed to give the most basic information about the Orthodox Christian life, to give newcomers reliable answers to introductory questions, and to connect them to real life in an Orthodox Christian church community.

What we believe

The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed

(As recited in the Divine Liturgy)

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of Light; very God of very God; begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man. And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried. And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; whose Kingdom shall have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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Our Team of Clergy

Answering your questions, connecting you to local church communities.

Fr. Joseph Lucas
Q&A Team

Fr. Joseph Lucas is Rector of Christ the Savior Orthodox Cathedral in Miami, FL, and Dean of South Florida for the OCA Diocese of the South. He completed his Ph.D. thesis in Patristics in the Netherlands under the advisement of Fr. Andrew Louth and Fr. John Behr, and his M.Div. at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary under the guidance of Dr. Christopher Veniamin. He is married and has four children.

Fr. Anthony Cook
Q&A Team

Fr. Anthony Cook is the parish priest at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dayton, Ohio. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College (B.A. in Classical Studies) and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (M.Div.), and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Germanic Philology from Signum University. He has been a priest in the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit since 2007, and is married with three children.

Fr. Ignatius Valentine
Q&A Team

Fr. Ignatius Valentine is the parish priest of St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. He received his BA in Biblical Studies from Biola University. He completed the St. Stephen’s program from the Antiochian Archdiocese and studied for a MA in Applied Orthodox Theology through Balamand University. He has been involved with campus ministry through Orthodox Christian Fellowship. He is married and has four children and one grandchild. He has been a priest since 2005.

Fr. Paul Hodge
Q&A Admin

Fr. Paul Hodge is an archpriest of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America for over twenty-five years. He has served as a parish priest and as President of the Minnesota Eastern Orthodox Christian Clergy Association. He is Spiritual Adviser for Ancient Faith Ministries. Fr. Paul has an M.Div. degree from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University in the City of New York, and a BA in Russian Language and Literature from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. He is married and has two adult children.

Fr. Andrew S. Damick
Website Editor

Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick is an archpriest of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, Chief Content Officer of Ancient Faith Ministries, former pastor (2009-2020) of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church of Emmaus, PA, author of multiple AFP books, and host and co-host of multiple AFR podcasts. He holds a BA in English Language and Literature from North Carolina State University and an M.Div. from St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary, and is pursuing an MA in Mythology and Tolkien Studies at Signum University. He is a frequent speaker at lectures and retreats both in parishes and in other settings. He is married with four children.